More patients seeing Physician Assistants and Advanced Nurse Practitioners

An increasing number of patients are seeing Physician Assistants or Advanced Nurse Practitioners in hospital outpatient departments, according to a National Center for Health Statistics data brief.

Key findings from the brief:

  • Hospital outpatient department visits attended only by physician assistants (PAs) or advance practice nurses (APNs) increased by 50% between the years 2001 - 2009
  • PAs and APNs saw a higher percentage of visits for new problems, rather than follow-ups or chronic care.
  • The percentage of appointments with a PA or ANP was higher in small, non-teaching hospitals.
  • The percentage of appointments with a PA or ANP was also higher in rural settings.

(Sources: NCHS Data Brief, http://www.cdc.gov/nchs, November 2011; The Advisory Board Daily Briefing, http://advisory.com, November 22, 2011)